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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

45-2041 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition. Excludes "Agricultural Inspectors" (45-2011).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
38,210 3.8 % $12.74 $26,510 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.22 $10.64 $11.75 $13.53 $16.05
Annual Wage (2) $19,190 $22,140 $24,430 $28,130 $33,390


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Crop Production 14,210 4.09 $12.90 $26,830
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 7,800 1.51 $12.26 $25,510
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 2,970 0.30 $11.74 $24,410
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 2,930 1.73 $13.03 $27,110
Other Food Manufacturing 1,430 0.64 $12.04 $25,040

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Crop Production 14,210 4.09 $12.90 $26,830
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 2,930 1.73 $13.03 $27,110
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 7,800 1.51 $12.26 $25,510
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 950 1.29 $14.49 $30,150
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 400 1.29 $13.10 $27,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 (7) $19.90 $41,390
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $17.92 $37,270
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 110 0.01 $17.07 $35,500
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 300 0.04 $16.88 $35,100
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 60 0.03 $15.25 $31,710


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,680 0.57 2.16 $12.09 $25,140
Texas 5,540 0.46 1.73 $11.75 $24,440
Georgia 2,530 0.57 2.18 $10.64 $22,140
Washington 2,460 0.75 2.86 $14.10 $29,340
Florida 1,930 0.22 0.85 (8) (8)




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 910 1.29 4.89 $10.33 $21,480
Arkansas 1,470 1.21 4.60 $12.59 $26,190
Oregon 1,770 0.94 3.55 $12.68 $26,380
South Dakota 350 0.82 3.10 $13.19 $27,440
North Dakota 330 0.79 2.98 $19.07 $39,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 330 0.79 2.98 $19.07 $39,660
Minnesota 390 0.14 0.52 $17.26 $35,900
Kansas 240 0.18 0.66 $16.30 $33,910
Louisiana 260 0.13 0.51 $15.64 $32,520
Maine (8) (8) (8) $15.36 $31,950





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salinas, CA 1,620 9.03 34.22 $12.61 $26,230
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,450 0.41 1.54 $11.32 $23,550
Bakersfield, CA 1,360 4.43 16.77 $11.68 $24,300
Fresno, CA 830 2.21 8.37 $12.21 $25,400
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 730 0.16 0.59 $12.64 $26,290
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 670 3.57 13.54 $12.13 $25,230
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 670 0.56 2.13 $13.93 $28,980
Yakima, WA 660 7.15 27.07 $12.92 $26,880
Austin-Round Rock, TX 520 0.51 1.93 $11.54 $24,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 510 0.34 1.30 $12.09 $25,140




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salinas, CA 1,620 9.03 34.22 $12.61 $26,230
Wenatchee, WA 390 8.36 31.65 $14.21 $29,560
Yakima, WA 660 7.15 27.07 $12.92 $26,880
Gainesville, GA 480 5.47 20.73 $10.34 $21,500
Kennewick-Richland, WA 510 4.45 16.85 $13.69 $28,480
Bakersfield, CA 1,360 4.43 16.77 $11.68 $24,300
Merced, CA 310 4.31 16.31 $12.12 $25,220
Rocky Mount, NC 220 3.97 15.03 $10.10 $21,020
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 670 3.57 13.54 $12.13 $25,230
Fort Smith, AR-OK 310 2.83 10.73 $12.46 $25,920




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 90 0.17 0.63 $19.01 $39,540
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 260 0.13 0.49 $17.91 $37,260
Appleton, WI 50 0.44 1.67 $17.75 $36,920
Grand Forks, ND-MN 60 1.21 4.60 $16.77 $34,890
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $15.21 $31,630
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $14.98 $31,150
Wenatchee, WA 390 8.36 31.65 $14.21 $29,560
Jonesboro, AR (8) (8) (8) $13.99 $29,100
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 670 0.56 2.13 $13.93 $28,980
Corpus Christi, TX 70 0.36 1.38 $13.84 $28,800

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 640 4.97 18.81 $10.02 $20,850
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 600 8.50 32.18 $12.10 $25,170
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 550 2.04 7.71 $10.30 $21,420
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 510 7.54 28.56 $10.99 $22,850
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 450 4.68 17.73 $15.58 $32,420

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 600 8.50 32.18 $12.10 $25,170
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 510 7.54 28.56 $10.99 $22,850
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 640 4.97 18.81 $10.02 $20,850
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 450 4.68 17.73 $15.58 $32,420
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 3.65 13.84 $19.20 $39,940

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 3.65 13.84 $19.20 $39,940
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 1.46 $17.22 $35,830
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 1.54 $16.18 $33,660
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 450 4.68 17.73 $15.58 $32,420
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.30 1.14 $14.95 $31,100


About May 2018 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019